Collaboration with biotech incubator creates jobs for researchers

For Toronto-based Dose Biosystems, a focus on researching and developing the next generation of probiotics brings a hiring challenge: finding and onboarding highly specialized talent. Coming directly from doctoral programs, new employees encounter an unfamiliar environment that requires new skills and different ways of working.

Assessing the mental health impact of Covid-19 on Canadians: a longitudinal study

MHRC is conducting ongoing polling of Canadians to assess the effect of Covid19 on mental health. We require additional support to expand our capacity to analyze the datasets we are creating. Our poll is extensive including a number of markers of mental health along with an array of demographic controls and is rolled out every 6 to 8 weeks. While we will release top-line data, this internship will involve a deeper dive into these dataset to parse out new findings.

Coronavirus adhesion to contact lenses

A large proportion of people require vision correction, and about 10% of them prefer using contact lenses. However, one of the key questions that has arisen is whether wearing contact lenses is safe during this pandemic. Currently this question remains highly debated and further scientific studies are required to adequately answer this question. Two important factors that may help removal of the viruses from contact lenses are the use of cleaning solutions and the human blinking reflex.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the Interpretation of Wide-Complex Tachyarrhythmia

Wide-Complex Tachyarrhythmia (WCT) is an abnormality in which the heart rate is elevated and QRS complex duration is increased. An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple and quick test used to review heart functioning, so ECG images can be used to determine whether a patient is having an abnormal heart rhythm such as WCT. A WCT diagnosis based on the ECG can be difficult as it can take a lot of time and considerable expertise to make an accurate interpretation.

Fusing Terahertz and MWIR Technologies to Recycle E-waste Black Plastics

The use of both Terahertz and Mid-Wave Infrared scanning with artificial intelligence software to interpret and identify different types of black plastics. Current sorting technology cannot sort black or very dark colored plastics as they have very similar features, and therefore cannot be recycled. To solve this problem a new technique must be established. Each polymer material that interacts with terahertz and MWIR rays have a unique spectral signature.

Visualizing how Physiology affects Tactile Audio

Wearables are starting to include advanced haptic technology, touch feedback like vibrations, to help people create and listen to music, experience virtual reality (VR) environments, and improve accessibility for people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. Designing haptic feedback takes advanced knowledge about physiology and neuroscience that engineers and designers may not have access to.

Electrical Material Characterization and Non-Destructive Diagnostics on Power Cable Dielectric Materials subjected to Thermal Aging – Phase III

Electric power is almost entirely transmitted through polymer insulated cables or wires in every home, factory, plant, or apparatus. If the temperature of a cable increases, it would be an indication that some accidents or malfunctions such as inflow of excess electric current occur in the cable. The generated heat, indeed, degrades the polymer insulations in cable, thus, making it unsuitable and unsafe for extra service. Therefore, it would be markedly valuable if the thermally-degraded portion in the cable can be located accurately without destroying the cable.

Feasibility of the Get A-Head® App for Clinical Psychology Research and Training in Emotion Focused Family Therapy

Due to COVID-19, adoption of and investment in technological solutions for remote mental health services (teletherapy) is rapidly increasing. While the evidence-base for teletherapy for individuals is robust, teletherapy research with families has been limited. Further, uptake of teletherapy by clinical training programs has been slow and knowledge about the feasibility of using these interfaces for remote live supervision has not yet been established.

Improving User Experience and Accessibility of Online Medical Test Data via Gameful Design

In this project, we plan to study and improve the existing Best Tests section of the Clinician Portal from Alpha Laboratories. Best Tests provides metrics to clinicians that allow them to compare the effectiveness and cost of their test ordering patterns. However, the problem is that many of these comparison metrics are not easy to understand and even harder to integrate into the existing routines of doctors, nurse practitioners, and lab orderers (i.e., clinicians).

Deep neural networks for floorplan vectorization and feature tagging for first responders

An area of exploration that can lead to a critical improvement in the way first responders can better respond to situations (e.g., fires, shootings, etc.) in indoor scenarios is in the development of intelligent indoor mapping systems that provide critical navigation details to the first responders. This enables first responders to not only plan out their strategies in handling a particular indoor incident, but also provide them with real-time navigation details to accelerate these strategies.